The enormity of the plant world’s contribution to human health can never be overstated.
Life simply would not exist without plants.
Plants convert sunlight into chemical energy and then stores that energy in the form of bonds of the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats it makes.
When these nutrients are digested in the body, the chemical energy from those bonds are released and instantaneously used to form new bonds of high energy phosphate compounds like ATP.
ATP and the other triphospate compounds are the molecules of biological energy. This is the only kind of energy used in the body.
Phosphate bonds are the currency of all biological exchanges.
Biological energy is produced in the body but the chemical energy that started it all, came from plants.
Sun to nutrients to biological energy.
Each nutrient provides an ingredient that runs the human engine.
Proper balance between the macronutrients amd micronutrients maintains health.
Imbalance creates illness.
The imbalance between nutrients consumed and calories burned is the most obvious example.
Plants promote good health.
Meals that have a preponderance of plants are healthier than those centered on animal products.
Vegetarians come in many forms. Part time is a good way to begin.
Athletes perform better when they eat colorful foods.
Plants like soybeans and lentils contain the ideal proportion of the three nutrients.
They also have their own unique library or set of phytocompounds.
Some of the compounds are known to have powerful medicinal activity while the rest provide nourishment.
The best diet to promote health must reflects a predominance of plants in its meals.
Pasta, rice, bread, legumes, fruits, olives and vegetables are all healthy foods derived from plants.
In active people these food are wonders.
In sedentary and inactive people, these foods can produce metabolic mayhem.
This might explain the explosive number of diet gurus that have promise weight loss.
All diets work for someone but no diet works for everyone.
These pages are for people who exercise. Athletes.
Plant foods are the best source of clean fuel and are the only foods that provide fiber and the essential phytonutrients needed to function.
In addition to its store of macro-nutrients, some unique plants contain phytocompounds that have strong medicinal activity. Some are deemed powerful enough to the be backed by pharmaceutical companies.
Many of the beneficial effects of plants are often attributed to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
Most of these compounds are manufactured and stored in the plant's leaves. Others, like the unique alkaloids, are found in the plant's roots.
The effects of alkaloids do not depend of antioxidant or anti-inflammatory activity, but instead resemble neurotransmitters and immunological markers.
Plants promote good human health. Animal products produce distress.
Some of the compounds in plants can neutralize harmful free radicals while others add visual and gustatory appeal to food.
Both taste and the medicinal effects of botanicals are attributed to the array of compounds the plant manufactures, it's library of compounds. One of Nature's Libraries
Other compounds are created naturally by the plant cell but become active in the processes of fermentation and heating.
Free radicals cause disease.
Free radicals attack cell membrane receptors causing cell dysfunction.
When the dysfunction occurs in blood vessels, it leads to an accumulation of damaged lipoproteins and clogged arteries.
Accumulations in joints leads to arthritis, insulin receptor dysfunction results in diabetes and attack on nerve cells in the brain causes Alzheimer’s and Parkinson's’ diseases.
The colorful pigments and other compounds in plants protect cell membranes by binding with free radicals before they can initiate their attack.
Some plant compounds exist with the same chemical formula but are orientated differently in space.
Biological activity is usually based on the spatial relationship of lock and key or the chemical marriage between a receptor and a ligand.
These bindings are the 0’s and 1’s of Nature, the on/off switches of life. The Yin and Yang of the universe.
Plants plant contains multiple keys for different locks. The locks being the membrane receptors that stud a cell’s membrane. Especially those in muscle and nerves.
Plants are a natural combinatorial library. The term is used to differentiate it from the synthetic creation of all possible combination or what is normally called a combinatorial library.
Combinatorial chemistry is the digital analogue to conventional drug design. Its an invention that reproduces Nature’s limited diversity to clone receptors and ligands.
The effects of plants are best explained by recognizing that the active agent in a plant is in reality a group of agents or library of compounds. Nature provided plants with these chemical libraries, which are multiple forms of the active compounds.
The profile of compounds found in any given plant is unique to the botanical species. When grown in the wild, plants produce a more diverse spectrum of compounds than when they are farmed or genetically modified. This may account for the absence of taste in great looking fruit.
The effects of plants are often attributed to its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that promote human health.